Defective Philippine e-passports

A few weeks ago, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) admitted that around 10,000 e-passports were found to be defective. The defective e-passports were said to belong to the EB 000-0001 to EB 126-7350 range. The DFA urges all passport holders whose passports belong to the said series to have their passports replaced – which will be free of charge.

Looking back, I remember having passport-related problems a couple of years ago when my old passport’s cover page got detached when someone tried to photocopy it. This effectively rendered my passport invalid and so I had to apply for a replacement. Several delays throughout the replacement process, which lasted for about a month, caused a lot of inconvenience and prevented me from reporting back to work in Singapore.

Guess what my old passport number was. EB 050-XXXX. Bummer. :-/

The case of the bad neighbor – 01

I was supposed to fly home on Christmas Day, but an unfortunate set of events forced me to fly back home today, a few days earlier than planned.

It turns out that we live just a couple of houses away from an idiotic, perverted foreigner masquerading as a respectable businessman.

Know this, Mr. “S”, you messed with the wrong people. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. It would be my utmost satisfaction to see you put in place or behind bars.

A tribute to post number 1

I couldn’t help but smile while browsing through my blog archives. I forgot that the very first blog I wrote was about Conne’s pregnancy with CJ! This was back in 2005, when I was still using Blogspot’s services.

The inspiration for that very first post came after we heard CJ’s heartbeat for the first time, which was during one of Conne’s early pregnancy checkups.

As we eagerly await for a new chapter to be written into our lives, one which sees our Julianna on board, the current chapter ends with a special twist and on a high note — because it ends with a scene depicting CJ, with childlike amazement, hearing his unborn sister’s heartbeat for the first time as well.

Yes, CJ, it does sound like a train.

Daddy2.0 – On parenthood, time and continual improvement

Time is a luxury that most of us don’t have, but it’s a luxury that we should appreciate and value dearly.

It took me forever to realize that, when life knocks us down or throws us a curve ball or two, the wisdom and experience gained from overcoming adversity are built up in trickles throughout the course of our lives.

Backtrack six years ago, I was struggling on a personal, professional and emotional level. But I now find myself a husband to a loving wife, father to an amazing son, stakeholder to a good company, and in control of my emotions (well, at least most of the time!). To top everything off, I woke up one day, while on an overseas trip almost 9 months back, to a blissful SMS message from my wife – telling me that I was to be a dad for the second time around!

One of the first questions that popped up in my mind: Was I ready for this new challenge?

Backtrack again, those six years saw four job changes (with odd jobs in between some), three house transfers, a thousand arguments with the wife, countless temper tantrums (with the occasional gadget “collateral damage”, to boot), questions on faith, a slew of loan payments that needed to be settled, forays into the business world, an investment gamble, and frequent, lonely, extended trips overseas.

Fast forward: I have a good job, we’re saving up for our dream house, arguments are few and far between, temper is in check (with zero collateral damage!), I have a strengthened belief in God, loans are settled, business is good, and investments are paying off. As for staying abroad, the loneliness didn’t kill me but only made me strong.

In retrospect, time allowed courage, wisdom, experience and a bit of luck to eventually stack up on my side. It allowed me and my wife to grow – as a couple and as parents.

So to answer my question, I can say with optimism that I’m up for the challenge.

And the geek in me says that the ongoing upgrade to Parent2.0 (ergo Daddy2.0) is on track.